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Emerging Writers Program

About the program

Each year, we put a call out across the archipelago to emerging writers: send us your stories. After receiving hundreds of submissions, an independent curatorial board is tasked with selecting aspiring novelists and poets from across Indonesia’s bustling cities and remote islands. Once selected, the emerging writers are then supported by the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati and the Indonesian Writers Patrons to fly to Bali and launch the annual Anthology in front of Indonesian and international audiences at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

A bilingual publication, the Anthology also represents a huge opportunity for emerging writers to have their work translated into English, opening the door to international opportunities for the first time.

Emerging Writers 2019

  • Chandra Bientang from DKI Jakarta
  • Ilhamdi Putra from Padang, West Sumatra
  • Heru Sang Amurwabumi from Nganjuk, East Java
  • Lita Lestianti from Malang, East Java
  • Nurillah Achmad from Jember, East Java

For more information about the 2019 Emerging Writers, click here for the English version, and here for the Bahasa Indonesia version. For more information about the 2020 Emerging Writers Program, click this page (Bahasa Indonesia) and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

With a heavy heart, we have decided that we must postpone the Indonesian Emerging Writers 2020. As one of our Foundation’s most treasured projects, it relies heavily on funds from sponsors and those who value young, creative Indonesian voices and with our current dire financial state, it is sadly not possible. This year’s submitted works, around 600, will now be selected in 2021. Click here for more information.

Indonesian writers patron program

The Festival’s Emerging Writers Program is only possible with the generous support of our Indonesian Writers Patrons. These individuals and businesses assist with airfares, accommodation and honorarium for an Indonesian writer over the course of the Festival. By supporting the Indonesian Writers Patron Program, Indonesia’s brave voices, both emerging and established, will continue to be heard. For all the details about our 2019 Indonesian Writers Patron Program, please read this document.

To become part of the Indonesian Writers Patron Program, please get in touch with our Partnership Manager Saraswati Ratnanggana by emailing saras@yayasansaraswati.org.